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Despite the fact that the Democratic nominee for Mayor of New York has been chosen, our primary season is not yet over. There will be a runoff election, Tuesday Oct 1, to determine the winner of the Public Advocate’s race. The choice for progressives is a clear one: Councilmember Letitia “Tish” James.

This is going to be an extremely low-turnout election. Anything you do to help elect this outstanding candidate will have an impact. Please follow me past the fold to learn why you should be supporting her, and how you can support her.

This race has come down to two candidates: Councilmember James, who is nearly the definition of the "better" Democrat we always talk about wanting here, and State Senator Daniel Squadron, the sort of liberal who thinks charter schools are great, and who earned the endorsement of Michael Bloomberg in his last race.
Since there is no other race on the ballot, turnout will be exceedingly low, possibly as low as 5%. In such a low-turnout race, your contribution, whether as a donor, a volunteer, or a voter,  has outsize impact.
Councilmember James has been a leader of the Council’s Progressive Caucus, as well as being a fearless and forthright defender of Occupy Wall Street, and a fighter for workers, women and the poor. Here is a first impression from an excellent profile by Sarah Jaffe, who also happens to be James’ constituent  (h/t Laura Clawson):

I first met her—or rather, first heard her, her voice ringing over the crowd—at a rally for fast food workers after the first round of strikes last November. Before the fast food strikes became the place to be seen for liberal politicians, James was there; likewise, before Anthony Weiner and others took to marching with healthcare workers to save hospitals, James was there. In the mid-2000s, she took up the cause of Brooklyn residents displaced by the Atlantic Yards/Barclay's Center construction project and in 2011, lent her voice to the battle to remove billboards likening abortion to genocide of black babies.
(emphasis mine)

Likewise, she was the first to speak out against the sale of local public library branches and the closure of community hospitals:
Her support of the battles to keep hospitals open in the city, from Long Island College Hospital near her Brooklyn district to a Labor and Delivery unit recently closed in the Bronx won her one of the first-ever endorsements from the New York State Nurses Association, whose executive director, Jill Furillo, said, “Letitia James has stood with patients and caregivers in snowstorms and heat waves to keep hospitals open for care. She has fought to protect access to quality care for New York's most vulnerable patients.”
(emphasis mine)
I urge you to read this piece in its entirety; it details dozens of equally important reasons for us to support Tish James, but I don't want to violate the fair-use guidelines.

Unsurprisingly, this behavior has made her some powerful enemies in the establishment; City Council President and former mayoral candidate Christine Quinn has removed her from powerful committee assignments and cut discretionary funding for her district, and her campaign is underfunded by at least 2 to 1, as the corporate elite flocks to her opponent, who is far more willing to play ball with the city’s power brokers.

But the labor movement, workers, women and people of color overwhelmingly support her. And there's more of us than there are of them: that's why, despite these disadvantages, she came in first in the primary.

Here’s what you can do to help Tish win:

wherever you live, whether inside New York City or in another state, you can donate to her campaign. They’ve done an amazing job of stretching every penny they’ve got, which largely contributed to her first-place finish on Primary Day, but this campaign is so grass-roots it’s almost sod. Her opponent has paid workers, piles of glossy lit, buttons, stickers and custom-printed T-shirts. Tish has us.

if you live in or near New York City, volunteer. This campaign only has 2 weeks left to run, and every hour of your time helps, whether phone banking, flyering or doorknocking. Your help is particularly needed if you can volunteer in the northern parts of the city, the Bronx, upper Manhattan, and Queens.  Here is a long list of volunteering opportunities at locations all over the city. Names in parentheses are the volunteer coordinators to contact for each event; their contact information is at the end of the list.

Wednesday (today)6-8pm Park Slope Food Coop @ 782 Union St. Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Jasmin)

Thursday (tomorrow) - Women’s Day of Action

12pm Press Conference @ City Hall Steps with Women’s Groups, Leaders and Elected Officials

5-7pm Rally for Tish @ 110th St. and Broadway (Upper West Side- 1 train at Cathedral Parkway. Transfer from the 2,3 at 96th St). (expect some high-profile womens' leaders, unannounced)

 

This Friday, Sept 20

9-11am Greenmarket @ West 97th St. (Kristina)

 11:30am-11:30pm- San Gennaro Festival @ Little Italy, Mulberry St. (Sept 12-22 please coordinate on your own)

 5-7pm Trader Joes Park Slope @ 130 Court St (Jasmin)

This Saturday, Sept. 21

9-11am Grand Army Plaza Farmer’s Market (Jasmin)

 8am-3pm Inwood GreenMarket @ Isham St & Seaman Ave (Cynthia, need to coordinate)

 11am-1pm  Greenmarket @ Union Square (Kristina)

 1:30-3 Autumn Fair, B'way between Waverly & 14th St. (Kristina)

 2:30-4pm, Flatbush Coop @ 1415 Cortelyou Rd, 11226 (Jasmin)

 8am-4pm, Big Brothers Big Sisters Race for the Kids & Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play Festival @ Prospect Park (no staff- coordinate)

 11am-6pm, Upper Broadway Autumn Festival (Annual Street Fair) @ Broadway between 110th st and 116th st (no staff- coordinate)

 11am-6pm, Broadway Autumn Fair (Annual Street Fair) @ Broadway from Waverly to 14th St (no staff- coordinate)

 12-9pm, Friends of Morningside Park Family Festival @ Morning Side Park (Morningside Heights/Harlem/Upper Upper West Side) (no staff- coordinate)

 

This Sunday, Sept. 22

9-11am Greenmarket @ West 79th St. (Kristina)

 10am-12 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's New York City @ Coney Island Boardwalk, 15th St. and Boardwalk (no staff, please coordinate)

 10am-6pm Brooklyn Book Festival @ Borough Hall and Plaza, 209 Joralemon St. Various events (http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org/...)

12-6pm Atlantic Antic @ Atlantic Ave., DT Brooklyn Meet outside Altantic Terminal (Flatbush and Hanson Pl)- Shifts All Day.

 10-12 Run 10 Feed 10, Pier 84 @ Hudson River Park (contact: Cynthia)

 10am-7pm  Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Flea Market and Grand Auction (Free) @ Shubert Alley and West 44th St (no staff contact- please coordinate)

 11am-1pm Flea Market and 7th Avenue street fair @ PS 321 Schoolyard, 7th ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Jasmin)

 11am-2pm Park Slope Farmers Market @ 4th Street and Fifth Avenue (no staff contact- please coordinate)

 1-2:30 Broadway Cares Flea Market, Shubert Alley & West 44th (no staff contact- please coordinate)

 12pm Sweet Spot Festival @ Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell, Harlem/Sugar Hill no staff contact- please coordinate)

 12-2pm Green Flea Columbus Avenue between W. 76th and W. 77th Streets (Kristina)

 1:30pm to 2:30pm Park Slope Co-op @ 782 Union St  Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Jasmin)

 3-5pm Montague BID fifth annual SummerSpace Event @ Clinton & Henry Streets - between Henry and Hicks (Peter)

 3-5pm 37th Annual Columbus Ave Festival btwn 66th & 86th  (Kristina)

 5:30-7pm Fairway on B'way btwn 74th & 75th Sts. (Kristina)


Monday, Sept. 23rd:
5-7pm UWS Whole Foods 808 Columbus @ 97th St. (Kristina)

Tuesday, Sept. 24th:
Public Advocate Debate-- Rally @ 6pm, NY1 75 Ninth Ave., Manhattan

To pick up materials, please go to 895 Broadway, 5th Floor in Manhattan.  Literature and posters will be available in ALL locations starting THURSDAY evening.

Phone-banking Starts THURSDAY at 895 Broadway, 5th Floor (9am-8pm) or at NY Communities for Change- 2-4 Nevins St., second floor in Brooklyn (5-9pm). RSVP to gina@letitiajames2013.com.

 Manhattan- 895 Broadway, 5th Fl. Between 19th and 20th Sts. (primary office)
Brooklyn- 401 Tompkins Ave. (VIDA office) Peter Williams pmwilliams1906@gmail.com
2-4 Nevins St., third floor (Working Families Party) Jasmin Oppenheimer joppenheimer@workingfamilies.org
Bronx: 1640 Eastchester Rd (Bronx County Dems) Timothy Tapia timothytapia052987@gmail.com
Upper Manhattan: 190 W. 135th St. (Frederick Samuels Democratic Club office) maurice1209@gmail.com
Staten Island: 829 Castelton Ave. Shanda Taylor sdtaylor68@yahoo.com
Queens: Adrienne Felton adrfelton@aol.com 646-896-5633

There’s a huge womens’ rally tomorrow, Thursday, where some high-profile celebrities and leaders of the womens' movement are expected (see above for details).

Please let your friends, family and neighbors know about this election and why they should vote for Tish. Consider sending a “friends and neighbors” email; if you’re interested in doing this, I will have the campaign’s recommended text (which you can feel free to amend or embroider) available tomorrow, Thursday: kosmail me to receive it.

if you live in New York City, you can do all the above, and you can vote. Please mark your calendar for October 1; I guarantee you’re not going to get much in the way of reminders from the media.

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  •  Looking forward to seeing you (14+ / 0-)

    out on the streets for Tish!

    I won't be around to respond until this evening, but I will respond to every comment and question. Thanks in advance for all your help.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 09:00:11 AM PDT

  •  Solidary from Syracuse (6+ / 0-)

    Don't worry about the resentment from Upstate. I, for one, want to see the progressive government you all down there deserve (and hopefully some of that Wall Street money can make its way here so we stop laying off fire fighters and police officers, but I digress)

    To tweet or not to tweet. I tweet therefore I am.

    by RadicalParrot on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 09:06:34 AM PDT

    •  Thanks!!! (5+ / 0-)

      I've donated lots of money to upstate NY Dems. All I ask in return is solidarity.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 09:10:59 AM PDT

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    •  But first... (4+ / 0-)

      Some of that Wall Street money has to make its way to the rest of NYC so WE can stop laying off fire fighters and cops and nurses and closing hospitals and selling libraries to developers.

      What we need is more progressives across the state to push for that sharing of Wall Street money! Tish would be a good start.

      And as of last night I was hearing folks talk half seriously about John Liu for State Comptroller. THAT Would be fantastic!

      FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. NYC's Progressive/Reform Blog

      by mole333 on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 09:35:48 AM PDT

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      •  Oh no doubt (3+ / 0-)
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        I did indeed mean the parenthetical as snark against some of my fellow Upstaters that blame NYC on so many of our woes. I know quite well that NYC is more than Uptown Manhatten.

        To tweet or not to tweet. I tweet therefore I am.

        by RadicalParrot on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 09:48:44 AM PDT

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        •  Sure... (1+ / 0-)
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          sidnora

          there's Downtown Manhattan as well : -)

          I live in Brooklyn. People refer to "THE CITY" (Manhattan) and "Long Island" as if Brooklyn isn't in either of them. Well I like to point out Brooklyn is BOTH part of THE CITY and part of Long Island.

          Okay, you can see why I don't have a lot of friends : -)

          FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. NYC's Progressive/Reform Blog

          by mole333 on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 09:54:15 AM PDT

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          •  Psh posh (2+ / 0-)
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            everyone in NYC is obviously rich since they can afford such high rents. I mean, we all know if you're not rent controlled you're paying tens of thousands of dollars in rent in the city or property taxes on Long Island. By the way, rent control is socialism.

            Trust me, I get it. Not everyone outside of the city does, but I do.

            To tweet or not to tweet. I tweet therefore I am.

            by RadicalParrot on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 10:01:29 AM PDT

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          •  Hey Mole (2+ / 0-)
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            Sidnora and I are still your friends because we know you're right.

            Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

            by Rosalie907 on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 01:37:46 PM PDT

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      •  How can Liu run? (1+ / 0-)
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        Stringer has the Democratic line so would he run as an Independent or something else?

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

        by Rosalie907 on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 01:27:27 PM PDT

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        •  STATE Comptroller...next time that office is up... (1+ / 0-)
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          Next year I think?

          Not an official thing at all. Just all of us folks who liked the job he did for City Comptroller figure State Comptroller will be a good next step.

          FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes! Hey...I had a thought!

          by mole333 on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 02:47:03 PM PDT

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          •  He'll have to jump over DiNapoli (1+ / 0-)
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            And I don't see that happening.  Also, if he couldn't win in NYC do you really think he can win in NYS with his "problems."

            Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

            by Rosalie907 on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 08:11:26 PM PDT

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            •  Not necessarily... (0+ / 0-)

              Liu is young...he doesn't have to jump over anyone...he can wait.

              Liu won pretty solidly for Comptroller in NYC. Mayor was hotly contested and he beat "Carlos Danger" pretty solidly. In time he could have a chance.

              But I am plagued with the curse of looking at who would be the best person for the job. That is why I supported Norm Siegel over and over for Public Advocate. And why I supported John Liu for NYC Comptroller. Some people just stand out as perfect for a job. Now can they get elected? Well Norm never did, though that is to our detriment. John did for NYC Comptroller. I think he has a future but he has to play his cards right.

              Just to be clear, he has said only that he isn't done with public office. He has not committed publicly to anything. Supporters were pushing him to State Comptroller when the time was right.

              FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes! Hey...I had a thought!

              by mole333 on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 08:17:14 PM PDT

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              •  Yes, Liu is young (0+ / 0-)

                And can bide his time until DiNapoli retires.  He can also run for Assembly or State Senate.  Ming's a lock in for re-election and I don't think he'd want to upset that applecart so he can't run for Congress.  

                In the meantime, Liu should do community activist work (I think he still lives in Flushing) and help the Asian Community.

                Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

                by Rosalie907 on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 06:21:08 PM PDT

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        •  John Liu's career in politics is over... (0+ / 0-)
          •  I wouldn't say that (0+ / 0-)

            Maybe he can return to the City Council or get a job with the DeBlasio administration but as far as citywide, I agree.

            Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

            by Rosalie907 on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 08:14:39 PM PDT

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          •  Why? (0+ / 0-)

            The best Comptroller the city ever had who got targeted by Wall Street and whose campaign had the same exact kind of scandal that Bill de Blasio's campaign had at the same time is somehow over while de Blasio, with the exact kind of scandal (for which he was fined $20,000K for!) is now poised to be mayor?

            The only difference between Liu and de Blasio is that Liu went after Wall Street more actively than de Blasio. Otherwise their political careers are almost identical. So why is one, in your view, "over" and the other about to be mayor?

            FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes! Hey...I had a thought!

            by mole333 on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 08:21:03 PM PDT

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            •  Liu was denied matching funds by the NYC (0+ / 0-)

              Campaign Finance Board due to "serious and pervasive" violations of the rules after his campaign treasurer was convicted of fraud to obtain illegal donations.

              Bill de Blasio (like all of the other major mayoral candidates) received public matching fund and did not have a treasurer who engaged in fraud.

              It is an appallingly low bar, but John Liu failed to clear it.

              •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

                The CFB who made that decision were appointed  by Bloomberg and Quinn. It was not unbiased by a long shot. It was the ONLY time such a decision was made and it was not fair and in no way a progressive or reform decision.

                Not to say there weren't issues with Liu's campaign, but those issues were actually small in terms of monetary amounts compared to what the other candidates did.

                de Blasio's campaign was fined $20,000 for misuse of campaign funds. There were at least two levels of misuse of funds by de Blasio's campaign according to judges. But somehow no one talks about that. Liu's campaign had issues. But they were not fundamentally different from any of the other candidates except Sal Albanese. Sal was the ONLY candidate I know of no such issues. So if you fault Liu you have to fault de Blasio and all the others except Sal Albanese.

                Truth is, though Liu's campaign had flaws, they STILL were more transparent and honest than any of the other campaigns in the race other than Sal's.

                FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes! Hey...I had a thought!

                by mole333 on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 09:19:50 PM PDT

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                •  You might want to have evidence before you (0+ / 0-)

                  allege bias.

                  Fines are common.  Being booted from the program, for a citywide candidate is unique.

                  •  You might want to do the same (0+ / 0-)

                    It was unique and was orchestrated by people 100% appointed by Bloomberg and Quinn. You are ignoring that.

                    You really think de Blasio is somehow clean? He has more accusations than Liu and more fines than Liu. If you want to argue that neither is clean I would understand. But if you are claiming de Blasio is somehow clean and Liu not then you are delusional. Now it worked for de Blasio because he had large amounts of money coming from developers. Fine. That is how the system works. But anyone who thinks de Blasio is cleaner than Liu doesn't know de Blasio.

                    FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes! Hey...I had a thought!

                    by mole333 on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 09:59:03 PM PDT

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              •  I didn't realize that this (0+ / 0-)

                conversation took place after after I thought my diary was dead, so I didn't get a chance to rec your comments, as I would have recced mole's, though I don't agree with him.

                I strongly supported Liu for comptroller and think he did an excellent job. But not for one minute do I think his staff screwed up without his knowledge. In the words of someone far better known on this site than I, "they all disappoint".

                Before it ever came down to the CFB denying Liu matching funds, his campaign staffers were prosecuted by the US Attorney, Preet Bharara. They were convicted of offenses considerably worse than those of the other candidates, which can be deduced from the fact that they were not merely required to return the funds that were in violation, they were sentenced to prison. If someone wants to tell me that Bharara is/was in the bag for Quinn, Bloomberg, De Blasio, or anyone else, I'll need to see some solid proof. This is a US Attorney we're talking about. Otherwise I consider that CT.

                "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

                by sidnora on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 07:40:15 AM PDT

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  •  Speaking of runoffs and progressives, (3+ / 0-)
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    can any Seattle Kossacks enlighten us about Kshama Sawant ?  Here's what I know about her.
    http://seattletimes.com/...

    and

    http://johnhalle.com/...

    "Socialist Kshama Sawant has gotten over the first hurdle in her race for Seattle City Council and it was a high one: to secure a spot in the November run-off election, she needed to finish at least second and ensure that the victor’s total was below 50%."

    "Labor was the first price, the original purchase - money that was paid for all things" -- Adam Smith

    by HugoDog on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 09:28:30 AM PDT

  •  Joy and Jacob... (2+ / 0-)
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    Joy and Jacob are planning on flyering today if all goes well. I will of course be at work until late tonight, but I will continue to do what I can!

    FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. NYC's Progressive/Reform Blog

    by mole333 on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 09:33:05 AM PDT

  •  Tish has my vote (1+ / 0-)
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    Unfortunately,  right now I've got a sinus infection and bad cough but I hope I'm better for next week to help make calls for Tish.  

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

    by Rosalie907 on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 01:17:57 PM PDT

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